Aer Lingus offers free Priority Boarding to female passengers for Women's Day
International Women's Day
Aer Lingus is marking International Women’s Day today by offering Priority Boarding to all women departing on UK and European flights.
Some 110 flights on Thursday, March 8 will see "female travellers, along with any junior travel companions" board their flight ahead of all other guests as a gesture towards joining the global celebration, the airline says.
Priority Boarding, which allows guests to board planes first and nab coveted overhead bin space, is normally priced at €4.99 per flight.
The offer applies to all short-haul flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast (Priority Boarding is not a feature of transatlantic services).
More than 2,000 of Aer Lingus's 4,200 employees are female, it is pointing out in a press release today, with roles ranging from pilots and cabin crew to engineers, planners, marketers and logistics specialists to name a few.
The airline was the first in Europe to employ a female pilot, it says, when Gráinne Cronin flew her first flight as a qualified Aer Lingus pilot in 1978.
Today, 10pc of Aer Lingus pilots are female - a figure that is more than double the international airline industry average, it claims.
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